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MUSC8082 - Popular Instrumental Studies 7

Title:Popular Instrumental Studies 7
Long Title:Popular Instrumental Studies 7
Module Code:MUSC8082
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: AIVEEN KEARNEY
Module Description: This is the seventh in a progressive series of skill-centered modules. It enables students to develop advanced technical ability in conjunction with in-depth stylistic knowledge, musical expression, sight-reading ability and fluent performance skills.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Musically perform a varied programme that demonstrates technical precision, stylistic expression and authenticity.
LO2 Produce a mature controlled tone on the chosen instrument during performance.
LO3 Demonstrate responsibility and maturity by creating and managing an effective practice regime that facilitates consistent instrumental development.
LO4 Display confidence and proficiency to perform an unprepared piece at sight in time with an optional click/ backing track.
LO5 Create, present and expressively perform a precise transcription of assigned repertory.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

12349 MUSC8076 Popular Instrumental Studies 6
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Advancing Technical and Musical Considerations:
Intense focus is placed on advancing technical ability and the instrumental application of in-depth stylistic knowledge required to facilitate musical expression and flair in the performance of varied repertory.
Exercises, Rudiments, Scales & Arpeggios:
Advanced study and progressive contextual application of instrument-specific exercises, rudiments, scales and arpeggios.
Advanced Instrumental Musicianship:
Progressive development of sight-reading confidence and competence is facilitated. Regular critical analysis and performance of challenging transcriptions advance the student’s instrumental musicianship.
Introduction of the ability to transpose at sight – up and down a tone – appropriate to the specific chosen instrument.
The Developing Learner:
Regular self-assessment by the learner is used to inform realistic goal setting and efficient time management of practice. This begins the process of moving the student towards the ability to learn independently without the support offered by a third level institution after graduation. The student’s engagement with the process is guided, monitored and developed continuously throughout the module by the instrumental lecturer.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Performance Evaluation Presentation of technical studies/exercises, repertory performance, sight reading ability, self-prepared transcription and scales/arpeggios where appropriate to chosen instrument. 1,2,3,4,5 60.0 Sem End
Other Continuous assessment of the individual learner within the group setting: focusing on attendance, participation, preparedness and the weekly development of performance ability. 1,2,3,4,5 40.0 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Tutorial Instrument specific group lesson or divided individually as required. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Individual instrumental practice. 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Module lecturer, Books, Journals, CDs, Instrument specific reading and listening bibliography will be provided by the lecturer
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Peter Erskine, Time Awareness: For All Musicians, Alfred Music Publishing (2005) [ISBN: 0739038540]
  • Various, The Real Book, Hal Leonard Corporation; 6th Revised Edition (2005) [ISBN: 0634060384]
  • John Petrucci, Rock Discipline, International Music Publications (2000) [ISBN: 978-1576234747]
  • William Leavitt, Reading Studies for Guitar, Berklee Press (1997) [ISBN: 978-0634013355]
  • Tommy Tedesco, For Guitar Players Only, Alfred Music Publishing (2008) [ISBN: 978-0739053812]
  • Ted Greene, Chord Chemistry, Alfred Music Publishing (1981) [ISBN: 978-0898986969]
  • Mark Levine, The Jazz Theory Book, Sher Music (1995) [ISBN: 978-1883217044]
  • Victor Wooten, The Best of Victor Wooten, Cherry Lane Music (2003) [ISBN: 978-1575604138]
  • Alain Caron, Rhythm'n Jazz (Ultimate Play-Along for Bass), Alfred Music Publishing (1998) [ISBN: 978-0968463314]
  • Mark Levine, The Jazz Piano Book, Sher Music; 1st Edition (2005) [ISBN: 978-0961470159]
  • Mark Harrison, The Pop Piano Book, Harrison Music Education Systems; 2nd Edition (1998) [ISBN: 978-0793598786]
  • Ross Ramsay, Piano Essentials, Berklee Press (2005) [ISBN: 978-0876390498]
  • Russell Hoffmann, Paul Schmeling, Berklee Practice Method: Keyboard, Berklee Press (2009) [ISBN: 0-634006517]
  • Joe Morello, Master Studies, Modern Drummer Publications (1986) [ISBN: 978-0881887488]
  • Keith Copeland, Creative Coordination for the Performing Drummer, Carl Fischer Music (1986) [ISBN: 978-0825803864]
  • Stanton Moore, Groove Alchemy, Hudson Music (2010) [ISBN: 978-1423475163]
  • John Riley, Beyond Bop Drumming, Alfred Music Publishing (2005) [ISBN: 978-1576236093]
  • The Collective, Afro-Caribbean & Brazillian Rhythms for the Drumset, Carl Fischer Music (2007) [ISBN: 0-8258-4903-9]
  • Jean, M.D. Abitbol, Patricia Crossley (Translator), Odyssey of the Voice, Plural Publishing Inc. (2006) [ISBN: 9781597560290]
  • Anne Prckham, The Contemporary Singer: Elements of Vocal Technique, Breklee Press; 2nd Edition (2010) [ISBN: 978-0876391075]
  • Mike Campbell 1998, Sightsinging: The Complete Method for Singers (Musicians Institute Essential Concepts), Hal Leonard [ISBN: 0-7935-8191-5]
  • Judy Niemack 2004, Hear It and Sing It! Exploring Modal Jazz, Hal Leonard [ISBN: 978- 0-634-08]
  • Hal Leonard 2009, Best of Marcus Miller (Bass Recorded Versions) [ISBN: 9781423404330]
  • Roger Love, Donna Frazier 2016, Set Your Voice Free: How to Get the Singing or Speaking Voice You Want, Expanded Ed., Little, Brown & Company [ISBN: 9780316311267]
  • Meredith A. Dayme 2009, Dynamics of the Singing Voice, 5th Ed., Springer [ISBN: 9783211887288]
  • Charlton Johnson 1998, Swing and Big Band Guitar: Four-to-the-Bar Comping in the Style of Freddie Green, Hal Leonard Corporation [ISBN: 0793573815]
  • Johnny Rabb 2001, Jungle Drum "n" Bass: A Guide to Applying Today's Electronic Music to the Drum Set, Alfred Music [ISBN: 0757990258]
  • Mark Guiliana 2016, Exploring Your Creativity on the Drumset, Hudson Music [ISBN: 9781495076404]
  • Mark Harrison 2016, Modern Pop Keyboard - The Complete Guide with Audio (Hal Leonard Keyboard Style Series), Hal Leonard [ISBN: 9781495025075]
  • Joseph Alexander 2014, Sight Reading Mastery for Guitar, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform [ISBN: 9781499579079]
  • Cathrine Sadolin 2012, Complete Vocal Technique, 3rd Ed., CVI Publications [ISBN: 9788799243617]
  • Tony Grey 2013, Tony Grey Bass Academy, Music Sales [ISBN: 9781780384832]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 7 Group Elective 1
CR_GMUTE_9 Master of Arts in Music and Technology 1 Group Elective 2
CR_GMUST_9 Master of Science in Music and Technology 1 Group Elective 2

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